• Press release
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  • Amsterdam
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  • For immediate release
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  • 14 April 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Auction of the Former Kamerbeek Collection Led by Isaac Israels’ Moulin De La Galette

Isaac Israels (1865-1934), Moulin de la Galette, Parijs. Estimate: €300.000-500.000

Amsterdam ─ Christie’s Amsterdam will offer a remarkable private collection of late 19th century and early 20th century Dutch art: over 100 paintings and works on paper from the former Kamerbeek Collection. The collection has been on view in 2007 at Museum Flehite in Amersfoort in the dedicated exhibition Jongkind tot Van der Leck and various works from the collection remained for another decade in the museum on a long term loan.

Cees and Jarmila Kamerbeek were passionate art collectors. After selling their company in 1999 they became wine farmers in Southern France and commenced a collection of Dutch art from the period 1850-1950, with the ambition to create a total overview of 150 years of Realist art. The basis of the collection was laid by works by artists from The Hague School and the Romantic School, collected by Jarmila’s grandfather, the artistic frame and mirror maker Jacob van Bommel (1868-1946) who lived in The Hague and sometimes was paid in kind for his framing by artists such as Floris Arntzenius and Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa. The collection is offered at Christie’s Amsterdam for private reasons.

Around 1850, shortly after the implementation of statesmanThorbecke’s new constitution, in which individual liberties were embodied and guaranteed, realism made its entrance in art and the strait-jacket of academism was shed. With Johan Barthold Jongkind’s pre-impressionism, inspiring Claude Monet to create his famous Impression, soleil levant from 1872, a new path was chosen that would eventually, around 1920, lead to abstraction, a route Mr & Mrs Kamerbeek intended to map out with this collection: from the beginning of the new, individual fine art, via the modernists to avant-garde artists who partially or entirely left the figuration, such as Bart van der Leck.

The first substantial acquisition for the collection is also the top lot of the sale: Isaac Israels’ Moulin de la Galette, the Parisian dance hall that had often been frequented by Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. In 1999 this work was the highlight of a grand retrospective on Isaac Israels in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Israels painted it during his 10-year stay in Paris. After Parjs came London where Israels painted the summery An elegant lady on the Thames, London. Another Amsterdam Impressionist in this collection is George Breitner. The road to abstraction leads us to the Groningen Ploeg with works by artists such as Jan Wiegers, Johan Dijkstra and Jan Altink, luminist Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig, the Hague impressionist Willem de Zwart, and pioneers of modernism Jan Sluijters, Leo Gestel and Jan Toorop.

The former Kamerbeek Collection offers to both new and experienced collectors a last, unique chance to acquire at Christie’s Amsterdam work by well-known and less-known Dutch masters from a turbulent period in Netherlandish art history.



Evening Auction: Monday 12 June 7pm


Thursday 8 June - Sunday 11 June 10am-5pm

Monday 12 June 10am-1pm


Cornelis Schuytstraat 57 1071 JG Amsterdam

Images on request. Full press release in English and Dutch with further highlights is attached.

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